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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) for Wisconsin Libraries

Division for Libraries and Technology CARES Act Sub-grants

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) became Public Law Number 116-136. The CARES Act is often referred to as the third in a series of coronavirus emergency relief or stimulus bills.

The CARES Act includes a provision that appropriates an additional $50 million for the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, including grants to states, territories and tribes to expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide technical support services. On April 13, 2020, IMLS released details regarding how it will distribute the first $30 million of the total $50 million allocated to the agency. Using a population-based distribution method similar to the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States program (excluding a base amount, maintenance of effort redistribution, and state matching requirements), IMLS awarded the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) $526,106 on April 21, 2020. This funding is available to Wisconsin through September 30, 2021, the end of the 2020 federal fiscal year.

The Division for Libraries and Technology in DPI will effectively and equitably distribute these funds to Wisconsin's public libraries to primarily address digital inclusion and related technical support using poverty/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), unemployment, and broadband availability data to inform targeted efforts. These targeted efforts will also address efforts that prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. IMLS Director Crosby Kemper said, “While we are distributing these funds through State Library Administrative Agencies, we urge museums and related organizations to partner with libraries in this vital endeavor.”

The Division for Libraries and Technology’s Library Team will post CARES Act information on this webpage including descriptions of any projects funded in Wisconsin libraries through the CARES Act appropriation from IMLS.

Institute of Museum and Library Services CARES Act Direct Grants to Libraries and Library Organizations

IMLS announced additional measures to aid museums and libraries, both through its current funding and that received through the CARES Act. On May 8, 2020, IMLS announced $15 million of the remaining $20 million of the federal appropriation through the CARES Act to aid museums, libraries, and library organizations.

IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries ($13.8 million)

Deadline:
 June 12, 2020

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2020 (PDF, 518 KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $25,000-$500,000
Grant Period: Up to two years.
Cost Share Requirement: None
Eligible Entities: Eligible libraries and library organizations include public libraries, public school libraries, academic libraries, research libraries, private or special libraries, academic or administrative units of an institution of higher education, digital libraries, the state library administrative agency (DPI), library consortia, and library associations (see the IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Notice of Funding Opportunity for details regarding eligibility). 
Grant Description: The IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries grant program invites project proposals that focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, and providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement while prioritizing services for high-need communities. IMLS encourages efforts to develop programs, tools, models, partnerships, and other resources that will address immediate concerns and have the potential to inspire and benefit museums and libraries throughout the nation.

IMLS CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services ($1.2 million)

Deadline:
 June 12, 2020

Application: The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY 2020 (PDF, 755 KB) is now available.
Grant Amount: $10,000 - $150,000
Grant Period: Up to two years.
Cost Share Requirement: None
Eligible Entities: an Indian tribe or an organization that primarily serves and represents Native Hawaiians.
Grant Description: The IMLS CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services grant program invites project proposals that focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, and providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement. IMLS encourages efforts to develop programs, tools, models, partnerships, and other resources that will address immediate concerns and have the potential to inspire and benefit other tribes and related organizations as they provide museum and library services to their communities.

COVID-19 Responsive Funding Opportunities

In addition to the IMLS CARES Act grants and DPI sub-grants above, there have been a lot of other funding opportunities recently, including those listed in the Grant Opportunities for Wisconsin Libraries blog post. In an effort to make these opportunities easier to find, Division for Libraries and Technology staff compiled a list of known funding opportunities in this COVID-19 Responsive Grant Funding: LSTA, CARES, State, and Third-party/Private Funds sheet.

Related information:

CARES Act Text page 747 (IMLS appropriation)

IMLS FY 2020 CARES Act State Allotment Table

IMLS Announces New Stimulus Funding for Communities Across America (April 13, 2020, press release)

IMLS Available Grants

For questions about this information, contact Michael Dennison (608) 266-5196